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Feed weekly outlook: Alternatives in greater demand

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Price increases for feed barley and wheat in Western Canada have caused more feeders to look elsewhere for sustenance for their livestock. Prices over the last year have shot up 25 to 40 per cent, according to Prairie Ag Hotwire. “Any time you run into a high-priced commodity market, the cost of feeding […] Read more

Barley south of Ethelton, Sask. on Aug. 3, 2017. (Dave Bedard photo)

Feed weekly outlook: Prices dropping off over past month

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — While prices for Canadian feed grains are quite higher than they were a year ago, high-delivered bids for feed grains have seen a slight drop-off over the past month. “Demand has just fallen off a little bit,” Glen Loyns, general manager of JGL Commodities at Moose Jaw, said. “Farmers are either getting down […] Read more

CME May 2021 feeder cattle with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Limit-up grains pressure feeder cattle, lean hogs

Beef demand supports CME live cattle

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. feeder cattle futures dropped on Wednesday, reacting to limit-up gains in corn and soybean futures that will translate to higher livestock feed costs as grain users compete for tight supplies, traders said. On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the most-active May feeder cattle contract finished 2.8 cents lower at 149.4 cents […] Read more

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Mexico’s ban on GMO corn imports won’t apply to feed, U.S. says

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Friday that a Mexican plan to ban imports of genetically modified (GMO) corn would apply to grain used for human food products, not livestock feed, based on recent talks he had with Mexican Agriculture Secretary Victor Villalobos Arambula. Vilsack said limiting the ban to […] Read more

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Feed weekly outlook: Prices to remain strong in spring

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Higher prices for feed grains in Western Canada are expected to stay that way, according to a trader in Alberta. Erin Harakal, senior trader for Agfinity at Stony Plain, Alta., said factors such as increased demand overseas and depleted domestic stocks will continue to keep prices elevated for feed grains. While she doesn’t […] Read more


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Cargill buying further into Saskatchewan ag retail

Company to take up other half of Precision Ag

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cargill plans to expand its crop retail reach further into southeastern Saskatchewan by buying up the remaining half of one of its joint ventures in the region. The Canadian arm of the U.S. agrifood firm said Thursday it will buy up crop input retailer Precision Ag for an undisclosed sum, taking up the 50 per […] Read more

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Feed weekly outlook: Wheat stocks should limit barley’s further upside

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Feed barley bids in Western Canada remain strong, although ample wheat supplies should limit the upside heading into the new growing season. Feed barley in the Lethbridge region of southern Alberta is currently trading at around $305-$310 per tonne, according to Jim Beusekom of Market Place Commodities. Prices for delivery later in the […] Read more

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Pulse weekly outlook: Yellow pea demand continues to rise

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — This St. Patrick’s Day, it’s not easy being green if you’re a pea. Having reached price parity less than two months ago, Canadian yellow peas are now trading at a premium. According to Prairie Ag Hotwire data from Wednesday, high-delivered bids for yellow peas are now priced at $11.25 per bushel, $4.16 (59 […] Read more



CME April 2021 feeder cattle with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: CME cattle end firm, hogs ease on profit-taking

Feeder cattle futures touch two-week top

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) live cattle futures edged higher on Friday on technical buying and as feeder cattle futures hit a two-week top on optimism about softening feed prices, analysts said. CME April live cattle settled up 0.475 cent at 119 cents/lb., holding above chart support at its 100-day moving average […] Read more